Dockweiler RHG Diary

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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:56 am

Cool 4th of July Joe!!!

Monday Funday anyone?
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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby Frank Colver » Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:11 am

Monday I'll be getting my gear ready and packing my truck for the week (driving up Tues) in the Owens Valley, rowing the river. Don't know yet if Rick M will be joining us.

I wish I could get out to Dockweiler now that I have the finished design of the seat harness and the "use anywhere" bar adapters. I'd like to see you attach the adapters to your Falcon and fly it with the swing seat, Bob.

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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby JoeF » Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:23 pm

July 16, 2018, Monday: Bob Kuczewski is taking some flights for various purposes. He said he would take a couple as a nod to my play in the site's progress.
Thanks, Bob ! :salute: :salute: :D Forecast is showing 13 mph W for Bob and perhaps others.

My absence today and for the next four weeks: healing of a skin-surgery site at the site the down tube rests on the back; stitches will come out in three weeks. Dr. prescribed that no sudden stressful motions occur for the rt arm and upper back shoulder. OK, doc! :|
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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:56 pm

Joe, your spirit soars with me on every flight. Thanks for so many of the gifts you've given me.

I am currently resting in the warm sand in the shade of my Falcon. I've been making sets of 5 to 10 flights and sometimes napping in between. There have been lots of spectators and I always mention lessons Wednesday through Sunday. I even passed on a copy of the site waiver to to a Beaches and Harbors staff member who stopped by.

I did the usual site cleanup in honor of your own good site stewardship. See, you're here even when you're not here. :)

But It's better when you're really here, so heal fast and fly when you're ready.

P.S. As I promised, I've already taken a number of flights for you and Angela. It's a tough job, but someone has to do it. ;)
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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby Frank Colver » Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:21 pm

RIGHT ON GUYS! :clap:

Wish I could have been there.

Heal fast, Joe.

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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:50 pm

It was a very good flying day at Dockweiler. I flew with my Falcon 195 all day.

The day started strong but difficult to soar in my Falcon (it would have been easy in any size Condor). But the wind got a bit stronger, and I was able to make single, double, and multiple pass flights for most of the day.

My longest flights were 4 passes (up and back twice). A few times I continued further north along the ridge, but there was no way to return (other than a long carry back).

There were lots of people asking questions, and I encouraged them all to take lessons with Windsports.

It was a fun day, and I'm sorry for everyone who missed out on it.
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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby magentabluesky » Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:36 pm

There were lots of people asking questions, and I encouraged them all to take lessons with Windsports.


Bob,

Thank you for being a good steward of the sport and a great guy.

Keep it up.
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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Sun Jul 22, 2018 3:32 pm

Here's a clip of one of my 2-pass flights last Monday:

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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby JoeF » Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:31 am

Surprised self: Stitches not yet out of upper back ... to be out next day ... took a small drive and a bit puzzled: the truck seemed to drive itself to Dockweiler on Monday, Aug 7. I had not prepared for a day of flight, and actually had already decided to pass on flying for the week until stitches were out. But tickling my brain: just maybe the downtube in carrybacks would miss the stitched wound. Unloaded with an inner decision: I wanted to give God a HG ride since His grace/creation sustains me in such adventures; the theory: God was curious about hang gliding, so he sustained creation enough to let bodied creatures such as we USHawks have wings to hang glide; God then could experience hang gliding through our efforts; my guess is that he can appreciated infinitely comprehensively what I only glace at superficially; his flight was no doubt with more meaning than I experience. Unloaded and got to the bike way; two guys asked if they could film; I said yes, but I asked them to send a shot to my email (has not arrived); he took my email address on his cell phone. That moment let me then ask for their names: one said his name was "Christian" and the other said his name was "Jesus"; that opened the door to what was my private deal: I told them my purpose for the day was to give God a hang glider rider. Soon I was set up and gave God 27 flights.
Next day after morning stitches-out session with doctor on Aug. 7, 2018: 7 flights. Tired from day before. Relaxed.
But also NEW FOR THESE TWO DAYS: About each 5 flights, I'd park the wing near the shoreline, remove harness, shirt, and shoes; and then walk in the surf to cool feet and legs. Neat and nice. And on two breaks: took full swim in the surf for refresher and change of wave media from air to water. Weaving the swimming with sets of hang glider flights had been in my notes for years, but these two days the deal was sealed. Such will occur again in the future; the swimming mixed with flying deepens Dockweiler wonders. :idea:
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Re: Dockweiler RHG Diary

Postby Frank Colver » Sat Aug 18, 2018 6:11 pm

Good day at Dockweiler Friday 8/17/18.

Andy and Josh both breaking Bob K's number of flights record and I glide tested the 1/5 scale model of my HG Basic Trainer design with excellent results. I wasn't flying because of a mountain bike injury but several pilots tried my latest version of my swing seat harness and gave very good reviews.

Here is a video link to Erika trying it out and showing the high degree of control even with a 120 pound pilot in a big Condor 330 glider.

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